When organising your wedding favours, the best way to go is to make a donation on behalf of all your guests. So many wedding favours are left over at the end of the night and just get thrown out. It’s such a waste! A donation to a charity that’s close to your heart is a great way to put the money to good use. We’ve listed 10 examples of charities you can donate to if you need some inspiration. These are merely a fraction of the worthy causes out there and, no doubt, any charity would be happy to organise some wedding favour place cards in return for your donation!
LauraLynn is a children’s hospice that provide palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions as well as their families. Their suggested minimum donation for wedding favours is €250 and, in return, they will provide you with 1-2 tent cards per table and a personalised wedding notice. Get in touch with them at email@example.com for more info.
Irish Heart Foundation
The Irish Heart Foundation‘s mission is to lead in improving the cardiovascular health of people living in Ireland so they do not experience disability or die from preventable heart, stroke and other blood vessel diseases. 92% of their funding comes from public donations so they could really use your help! They will provide personalised, elegantly designed cards or scrolls to announce your donation and, if you would like a small keepsake, they can provide their signature satin hearts. Get in touch with Anne, their designated wedding fundraiser, at 021 4505822 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irish Guide Dogs
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland’s national charity dedicated to helping people who are blind or vision impaired and the families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence. They offer unique wedding favours to suit each bride and groom. Give each of your guests a unique Irish Guide Dogs keyring or pin or simply display a note indicating you have donated on behalf of your guests. For more information, get in touch with Margaret at 1850 506 300 or email@example.com.
Oxfam Ireland is part of an international confederation of charitable organisations focused on the alleviation of global poverty. They offer chocolate hearts that will not only look sweet on your guests’ tables but can help budding cocoa growers to succeed by providing them with everything from cocoa seeds to tools and training. The money raised from your gift will go into Oxfam’s livelihoods work, helping communities make a secure and sustainable living. Click here for more information on how to get in touch.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is Ireland’s largest national animal welfare charity. Together, the ISPCA and its members help, rescue, treat and responsibly re-home tens of thousands of animals of all different species. To find out more about the ISPCA’s wedding favours, check out the brochure here and contact Carole at 043 33 25035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALONE provides Supportive Housing, Support Coordination, Befriending and Campaigns for Change to hundreds of older people every week, who are homeless, socially isolated, living in deprivation or in crisis. In return for your donation, ALONE will provide you with personalised tent cards for your guests’ table settings. Get more info here.
Chernobyl Children International
Adi Roche started working in Chernobyl in 1986, immediately after the accident, and formally founded Chernobyl Children International (CCI) in 1991. Her life’s work has been to develop programmes that restore hope, alleviate suffering and protect current and future generations in the Chernobyl regions. Their wedding favours are a gorgeous treat for your guests on your special day – two yummy heart-shaped chocolates in a box and/or beautiful wedding place cards. They don’t charge a cost but rely on your generosity to help the children of Chernobyl. Find more info here.
The Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Hospice Foundation was set up in 1986 to fund and develop specific hospice services. Since then, its work has expanded to address the needs of people dying in hospitals, at home and in other care settings. The foundation works to provide equity in access to palliative care services for all patients with life limiting illnesses. For €30 you can get a pack of 10 small tent cards that recognise you have made a contribution to The Irish Hospice Foundation in honour and appreciation of your guests. Inside each tent card there is a packet of dwarf sunflower seeds attached and instructions how to plant them. Find more info here.
Make A Wish
Make A Wish Ireland strive to grant the wishes of children aged 3 to 17 years who have life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A wish granted is true magic for the child, providing respite from their normal routines of hospitals, doctors and treatment. €150 is the minimum donation and they recommend 2-3 cards per table. For more information contact Rachel 01 205 2012 or email@example.com.
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul focus on a practical approach to dealing with poverty and alleviating its effects on individuals and families. They seek to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens. By making a donation to Saint Vincent de Paul in lieu of traditional wedding favours, you will be providing people in need in your community with invaluable support. In return, they will give you personalised acknowledgement cards for each of your guests, thanking you for your donation. For further information contact 01 8386990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So there you have just 10 worthy causes to make a donation to in place of traditional wedding favours. What other charities would you like to see people supporting on their big day?